In our mind, you were the stuff legends were made of.
Any moment, we swore you were just going to start talking, letting us know you understood everything we said.
We wondered to each other if there was something wrong with us because we loved you so much and never tired of speculating what you were really thinking.
You were more than just a dog, a pet, to us.
You were our guardian angel, ushering each of us through a time when our family was just forming.
You were our constant, our cornerstone, making us laugh every day and when there were bad times, you gently reminded us with your big soulful eyes that we could do better, that we still had a lot more in us and we were bigger than our circumstances.
You have done your job well, my friend.
Your work is complete.
Go in peace our sweet Cheech.
The Landes Family
San Juan Capistrano
You Were The Best,
But God decided You Needed a Rest
I Always Tried to Give You The Best
I Counted On You Through Thick and Thin
With You There Being Scarred Was Never an Issue
I Could Count On You No Matter What I Went Through
The Tears You Licked Away Stay In My Heart Forever and Always
You Listen and Cared As No One May Know When I Hurt On The Inside
Somehow You Knew When I Needed a Friend
I Hope I Was There For You in the Same When You Needed Me Too
I’m So Sorry for all The Pain You Had to Go Through
I Was HONORED To Be One of The People Who Cared and Loved You
All The way through it All
I Knew There Would Come a Day I would Have to Let You Go
Oh GOD I Wished It Didn’t Have To Be I Prayed and Prayed for it Not To be So
Then What I Feared for so Long Came Be…
When I Looked In Your Eyes
I Could Hear your Thoughts As If They Were Speaking to Me
Even Though My Heart was Breaking and Unbelievably Aching
In My Heart I Just Knew What I We Needed to Do
It Really was The Best for You Because you were
Tired and Done on The Inside
And Were Ready To Move On to the Otherside
Where You Could Be Whole Once Again On The inside
And Run Into the Rain and Feel No pain
Or Chase Sprinklers Side To Side Once again Outside…
That Day You Were Done
Holding on Fighting With Everything You Had
It Hurt So Much to Let You Go
I Had Forgotten How Much My Heart Would Ache So…
So I Asked Your Papa and Nan
To Be There To Greet You and Hold You ‘Hand”
Until The Day Comes
It’s My Turn to walk To the Light
I Hope You Know How We Loved You So
You’ll Forever Be in My Heart and Soul
I Hope I Took As Good Care Of You
You Did Of Me…
Dear TYKO I Love and Miss You So
So Much More Than Anyone Could Ever Know
I’ll Be Seeing You My Buddy My friend
I know you’ll Be There with Papa and Nan
And Please Let Them Know How Much,
Their Baby Girl Misses Them
and I Am Happy They Were There for You
And Now Your There For them
When you’re Life With Us on Earth Had To Come to an End
But...Now you have them and They Have You
That’s The One Good
Thing That I Have to Remember Came out Of having to Lose You…
We Love AND Miss You Everyday,TYKO…
Love, Mom and Dad
And Jordy She REALLY misses You too!!!
A dog I know has owned my heart
And now I feel so torn apart
Fourteen years she ruled the floor
And now she warms my feet no more
Our precious Spaniel, my Dolly-doo
My gentle Cocker, our snuggle poo
Those big round eyes, that sad old face
Of mirth or anger not a trace
When we would walk around the block
Her coat looked like a silken frock
I’d tell people to beware
Be scared of teeth she’d never bear
And then they’d laugh for she’s too sweet
Bend down to kiss her and to meet
The nicest dog in the whole world
That was our little Dolly girl
Her merry gait came through the door
And oh at night she loved to snore
When any person she would sight
Her tail would wag with pure delight
Back when she could hear she loved to howl
Make an O with her floppy jowl
Part dog, part wolf, out in the wild
Made us all laugh just like a child
She loved to go out on the boat
A tiny person in her fur coat
She’d jump over to chase a seal
Thinking it would make a tasty meal
Were we hers, or was she mine?
That’s the part that blurs the line
When a dog takes up a big part
Of your life and of your heart
So now she’s old and in such pain
She hides it well, but all in vain
Her soul has run out of it’s lease
So we must do what brings her peace
And as she sits here in our lap
Prepares to take a final nap
I see the love deep in her eye
I try so hard just not to cry
My furry child today shall die
I try so hard just not to cry
Forever in my heart she’ll lie
I feel like I just want to die
I try so hard just not to cry
And when it’s time to say goodbye
I know her soul will touch the sky
I try so hard just not to cry
I feel for months I’ll surely cry
I feel for years I’ll surely cry
My best friend closed his eyes last night,
As his head was in my hand.
The Doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head,
As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And Oh...his many charms.
Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart that's filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.
But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
HE's installed a 'doggy-door'!!!
This poem was submitted by Deanna Craig to honor the memory of Otis
I didn’t want to go at first, I fought with all my might!
But something seems to draw me now to a warm and loving light.
I want to go! I really do! It’s difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me and share your love and fears.
I know you’re sad and are afraid because I see your tears.
I’ll not be far, I promise that and hope you’ll always know
That my spirit will be close to you wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me, you know I loved you too.
That’s why it’s hard to say good-bye and end this life with you.
So hold me now, just one more time, and let me hear you say,
Because you care so much for me, you’ll let me go today
Submitted by Sharyn Deeringer to honor the memory of Aspen
We all cry the same tears
Tears of fright
Tears of sadness
Tears of loss
Tears of frustration
Tears of disappointment
Tears of loneliness
Lands are flooded with our tears
We need one another's kindness, cooperation, trust, & respect to survive.
Bandit, thanks for showing us how to live. Your love is our shelter. See you soon, in another place and time.
Athena & the Garcia Family
Why did you have to leave me so soon?
Time, I had hoped you had more of…
I see you everywhere in every room
Are you there, maybe from up above?
How I miss those beautiful green eyes
Your way of sitting so patiently waiting
Looking at me, asking for me to pet you
Leaning forward with such anticipation
I really miss when we would sit together
How you always seemed to find me
I guess I always thought you would last forever
I wish you were still here with me.
I hope you know how much I loved you
And now just how much I will miss you
You will always be here beside me
Always in my heart
My sweet little Littlebit.
Rancho Santa Margarita
She lies encased in quality wood
Silently near her plaster paw
The one refused yet delivered gratis
Her silence pervades peace
Her presence felt in each dust-laden corner
Documents complete in a legal envelope
Ostensibly closing a chaper,
Thirteen plus years
Now finalized in ink, signed, dated
But what about her hold?
My mind’s eye embraces her gait
Her eyes, her closeness
The courtyard still carries her scent
The car window yet smudged with anticipation
Her ominous approach held by those unknown
Time, the cliché, took her away
Physical malady too powerful, too insidious
To allow my selfish possession
Natural progression stole her from me
Physically, but she’s here
I miss her smiling at the door
I miss her hogging the bed
I miss her running in the park
I miss her lifting my spirits
But mostly I miss the part of me that’s gone.
Ordinarily I enjoy winter
Shutting the door, enveloping the warmth,
Lighting the oven, pouring tea
But lately the chill leaves me barren
Memories yet painful
Over landscapes she once owned
The I look down to see this spotted interloper
Stretching her body, looking me in the eye
Searching for acceptance
Asking me to give her a chance
Knowing she’s not a replacement
But another spotted miracle
God sent humans to love
And I know Spring cannot be far behind
This poem was submitted by Angela Avitia to honor the memory of Annabel Lee (Annie)
She gave life & joy & grace to those around her, man and beast alike.
My Alpha Girl
My Frisky Girl
My Funny Girl
My Happy Girl
My Hungry Girl
My Little Girl
My Needy Girl
My Pretty Girl
My Whiney Girl
My Silly Girl
My Shiny Girl
My Sleepy Girl
My Pointy Nose Pig
My Skinny Piggy
My Elegant Beast
My Cookie Monster
My Beautiful Loser
I remain inspired by, and dedicated to your indomitable spirit, your energy for life, your boundless curiosity, and sense of fun.
My greatest hope is that you are not alone.
Your life was true to your nature:
Spirited, Intense, Fast, & Fun
This poem was submitted by Bruce Cashin to honor the memory of Sweet Sue
If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand.
Don’t let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
We’ve had so many happy years.
What is to come can hold no fears.
Yo’d not want me to suffer so;
The time has come -- please let me go.
Take me where my need they’ll tend,
And please stay with me til the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.
Please do not grieve--it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We’ve been so close, we two, these years;
Don’t let your heart hold back its tears.